Death toll for coronavirus exceeds 1,000 people as China removes officials

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It was also the most deadly day of the virus so far as the number new deaths passed 100 for the first time on Tuesday, in the face of claims from Chinese officials who said it was killing at a slower rate.

China and the WHO will form a joint expert team to conduct in-depth discussions on and evaluations of the novel coronavirus epidemic and the containment, a National Health Commission spokesperson said.

Zhang Jin, the Communist Party boss of the provincial health commission in Hubei, and its director Liu Yingzi have been removed from their positions, reported state broadcaster CCTV, after a decision by the province's party committee Monday.

"WHO is working to keep laboratories with the capacity to rapidly diagnose cases".

"The detection of this small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

The death toll stood at 1,016 with 42,638 people infected across the nation.

"It is always a concern when people come together and then move apart and we have to have risk management procedures associated with that but you can't shut down the world either", Ryan said.

"What matters most is stopping the outbreak and saving lives".

But Michael Ryan, head of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said it was "way too early" to call the Singapore conference a "super-spreading event".

The weeklong holiday began on January 24, but the Chinese government said on January 27 this would be extended until February 2 as the number of coronavirus cases multiplied.

The ship has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger who disembarked last month in Hong Kong.

Hundreds of hospital staffers have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, the Chinese epicenter of the outbreak, according to a new report.

In his first public appearance since meeting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen five days ago, Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) was seen wearing a surgical mask on a street in Beijing on Monday (Feb. 10).

However, a UDN commentary piece holds a different view, saying Beijing is intentionally directing criticism at the local Hubei government, instead of the central government, in order to limit the damage by permitting the people's backlash against Hubei officials for their incompetence in preventing the spread of the virus.

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